The New York Daily News ran a piece today reporting on the “gutter” politics being played out in the gubernatorial competition between Paladino and Cuomo. Specifically, the NY Daily News indicated that while Cuomo has asked his supporters to “keep the race out of the gutter”, his supporters “didn’t get the memo.”
As evidence to support the statement that seems to suggest Cuomo’s supporters are engaging Paladino “in the gutter”, NY Daily News quoted Ruben Diaz Jr, Bronx Borough President as saying “He is a complete and utter nut job.”
A strong statement indeed! Come on Ruben, keep it out of the gutter.
But to be fair to Mr. Diaz, he was responding to Paladino’s claims that Cuomo had had an extramarital affair which Mr. Paladino later retracted on the basis of lack of evidence despite initial claims that he did in fact posses evidence.
This exchange brings up the question: where is the gutter? Are strong character judgments such as “he is a nut job” in the gutter? Is that sort of statement on par with outright lies about a candidates personal life?
The former could easily be attributed to frustration in the moment, the later, could only be attributed to malice and a desire to smear the opposition in any or every way possible.
And so Cuomo takes the high road, which of course is the only route available because lying and dirt slinging of the magnitude that is being introduced by his opponent cannot help anybody. No doubt regardless of Cuomo’s sense of morals, he realizes that practically speaking Paladino’s approach is politically unstable and untenable.
A poll conducted by NY Daily News in fact confirms this conclusion: after hearing Paladino’s angry promises to “bring a baseball bat to Albany” and “house welfare recipients in converted prisons”, the proportion of people who thought Paladino is unfit to be governor jumped from 50 percent to 60 percent.
At the same time, those saying Cuomo is fit to be governor was almost two thirds.
Another ongoing NY Daily News poll asking “Do you think Carl Paladino can make New York better if elected as governor?” has those saying Yes at 29 percent and those saying No at 68 percent at the time of this writing.
It seems that the more people get to know Paladino, the less they like him.
The Tea-party geared angry rants may have won him the Republican primary, but his chances of winning in November seem to be fading fast. That is as long as he continues to act like he has thus far, and if Cuomo doesn’t.
It seems no that all Cuomo has to do is not act like Paladino.
His supporters, however, may be pardoned for expressing frustration. New Yorkers, after all, are famous for being blunt and calling it like they see it.
Kathleen Lucadamo, Andrew Cuomo calls to keep bitter governor’s race with Carl Paladino out of the gutter, NY Daily News.com
Kenneth Lovett, New Yorkers say Carl Paladino is not fit to be governor, Daily News/Marist Poll reveals, NY Daily News.com